MIDLAND, Mich. – A teenager who shot his ex-girlfriend outside her school before killing himself had struggled with anger and depression and recently had stopped taking his medication, his mother said.
"He wasn't a mean person," she told the newspaper. "He was just really sick. I kept trying to get him help, and nobody would help him."
David Turner shot 17-year-old Jessica Forsyth outside H.H. Dow High School on Wednesday before shooting himself, police said. Forsyth was listed in fair condition Thursday afternoon at a Flint hospital.
Marie Turner said her son and Forsyth saw a counselor for therapy the day before the shooting.
"They were fine," Marie Turner said. "They were laughing and having a good time. I think maybe ... he just snapped. ... I just know he didn't mean to hurt her. He loved her. He wanted to take her on a cruise."
The mother said her son's relationship with Forsyth was on and off. The two had broken up about a week ago. Her son had gone to Dow High to return a watch and other items belonging to Forsyth, she said.
Marie Turner said he must have found a hidden key and opened her safe containing firearms.